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Basic information Name: Botohilitano
     This is an OFFICIAL meteorite name.
Abbreviation: There is no official abbreviation for this meteorite.
Observed fall: Yes, confirmed fall
Year fell: 2015
Country: Indonesia
Mass:help 5.8 kg
Meteoritical Bulletin:  MB 111  (2023)  LL5
Recommended:  LL5    [explanation]

This is 1 of 3298 approved meteorites (plus 1 unapproved name) classified as LL5.   [show all]
Search for other: LL chondrites, LL chondrites (type 4-7), Ordinary chondrites, and Ordinary chondrites (type 4-7)
Comments: Approved 17 Apr 2022
Writeup from MB 111:

Botohilitano        0°36’13.2"N, 97°43’09.7"E

Sumatera Utara, Indonesia

Confirmed fall: 2015 Jul 20

Classification: Ordinary chondrite (LL5)

History: On the morning of July 20, 2015, at 8:35 am, a woman observed an unknown object falling from the sky into a local farmer’s rice field in Botohilitano, Nias, North Sumatra, Indonesia. She informed the landowner of what she saw and pointed to where she thought the object had landed. He immediately went into the field to search for it. A single stone weighing approximately 5.8 kg was quickly discovered and wrapped in a white cloth for protection. Itremained in the home of the local man who recovered it ever since, a stone which he believed was an object of magic and good fortune. On June 7, 2021, Jared Collins traveled to Nias to acquire the stone from the farmer.

Physical characteristics: Single stone covered in fusion crust. Freshly broken surface reveals a light-gray interior with numerous medium-gray chondrules visible; scattered iron staining was observed.

Petrography: (A. Ross, C. Agee, UNM) This meteorite consists of distinct chondrules set in a recrystallized groundmass. Plagioclase is up to 50 µm in size. Kamacite, taenite, troilite, Cl-rich apatite, and chromite were detected.

Geochemistry: (C. Agee, M. Spilde, UNM) Olivine Fa27.2±0.4, Fe/Mn=55±2, n=12; low-Ca pyroxene Fs22.5±0.1Wo1.4±0.2, Fe/Mn=32±1, n=6; augite Fs8.3±0.1Wo45.0±0.0, Fe/Mn=25±1, n=2.

Classification: Ordinary chondrite (LL5)

Specimens: 22.6 g including a probe mount on deposit at UNM, Jay Piatek holds the main mass.

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State/Prov/County:Sumatera Utara
Place of purchase:Nias
Date:2015 Jul 20
Mass (g):5800
Shock stage:S3
Weathering grade:W0
Fayalite (mol%):27.2±0.4
Ferrosilite (mol%):22.5±0.1
Wollastonite (mol%):1.4±0.2
Classifier:C.Agee, UNM
Type spec mass (g):22.6
Type spec location:UNM
Main mass:Jay Piatek
Comments:Submitted by C.Agee
   and collections
UNM: Institute of Meteoritics MSC03 2050 University of New Mexico Albuquerque NM 87131-1126 USA, United States; Website (institutional address; updated 12 Feb 2015)
References: Published in Gattacceca J., McCubbin F. M., Grossman J. N., Schrader D. L., Chabot N. L., D’Orazio M., Goodrich C., Greshake A., Gross J., Joy K. H., Komatsu M. and Miao B. (2023) The Meteoritical Bulletin, No. 111. Meteoritics & Planetary Science 58, 901–904. ?
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     Recommended::   (0° 36' 13"N, 97° 43' 10"E)

     This is 1 of 2 approved meteorites from Sumatera Utara, Indonesia
     This is 1 of 21 approved meteorites from Indonesia (plus 2 unapproved names)
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